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Tyrone tweak starting line-up in search of first league win against Monaghan

Niall Morgan’s late free saved Mickey Harte’s side from three successive defeats in Division 1 a fortnight ago.

Tyrone's Peter Harte is retained for their clash with Monaghan on Saturday night.
Tyrone's Peter Harte is retained for their clash with Monaghan on Saturday night.
Image: Evan Logan/INPHO

MICKEY HARTE GOES in search of a first league win of the season when Tyrone host fellow Ulster side Monaghan at Healy Park on Saturday night [throw-in 7pm, Eir Sport].

He’s decided to shuffle his pack from the team that drew with Roscommon a fortnight ago, with a host of new facing coming into the starting line-up.

Liam Rafferty takes his place in the backline, while Frank Burns, who came off the bench against Roscommon, is installed in the half-forward line.

Richard Donnelly is introduced in midfield, with Peter Harte moving into full forward – meaning Darren McCurry drops out.

Niall Morgan, who scored three points in his last outing including a last-gasp equaliser, will be called upon again for his place kicking.

The two sides met last summer in the All Ireland semi-final, which the Red Hand won by a single point.

Niall Morgan kicks a free Niall Morgan converted a last-gasp free to earn Tyrone a draw at Dr Hyde Park. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Tyrone team vs Monaghan

1. Niall Morgan

2. Liam Rafferty
3. Ronan McNamee
4. Michael McKernan

5. Tiernan McCann
6. Pádraig Hampsey
7. Ben McDonnell

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8. Brian Kennedy
9. Richard Donnelly

10. Matthew Donnelly (c)
11. Niall Sludden
12. Frank Burns

13. Cathal McShane
14. Peter Harte
15. Kieran McGeary

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